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Industrial 3D Printing Uses Layers Like We’ve Never Seen Before

Written by David

September 19, 2018

We’ve seen FDM printers lay down layers by extruding plastic in a line. We’ve seen printers use sintering and lithography to melt or cure one layer at a time before more print medium moves into place for the next layer. What we’ve never seen before is a printer like this that builds parts from distinct layers of substrate. At the International Manufacturing Technology Show last week I spoke with Eric Povitz of Impossible Objects . The company is using a “sheet lamination process” that first prints each layer on carbon fiber or fiberglass, then uses a hydraulic press and an oven to bake the part into existence before bead-blasting the excess substrate away. Check out my interview with Eric and join me below for more pictures and details. It’s incredible to see a process that prints the layers individually, using holes to align all of the layers on rods […]

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